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Following the Coronavirus

Govs. Justice, DeWine pause J&J COVID vaccine over clot reports

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has paused all Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration according to the recommendation Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Clinics scheduled to use the Johnson & Johnson ...

CDC director has feeling of ‘impending doom’ amid new COVID-19 spike

By ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made an impassioned plea to Americans Monday not to let their guard down in the fight against COVID-19, saying she has a recurring feeling "of impending doom." President Joe Biden ...

More Than 300,000 Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 in West Virginia

The state of West Virginia reached another positive milestone in its COVID-19 vaccination efforts. There are now more than 300,000 people in West Virginia who are fully vaccinated from the virus, according to the Department of Health and Human Resources. The DHHR website said Sunday morning ...

States Grappling With Late Census Data

Stymied by delayed census data needed for redistricting, some states are considering postponing their 2022 primaries or turning to other population estimates to start the once-a-decade task of redrawing voting districts used for U.S. House and state legislative elections. The U.S. Census ...

Rev. Darrell Cummings Gets Assistance to ‘Stuff the Bus’

The Rev. Darrell Cummings, pastor of Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in North Wheeling, received help Saturday from local residents during the annual “Stuff the Bus” event in the church’s parking lot along North Main Street in Wheeling. The proceeds will assist those less fortunate this Easter ...

Now Vaccinated, Older Adults Getting Out and Back to Normal

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Bill Griffin waited more than a year for this moment: Newly vaccinated, he embraced his 3-year-old granddaughter for the first time since the pandemic began. “She came running right over. I picked her up and gave her a hug. It was amazing,” the 70-year-old said ...

Ohio County Marks One Year of COVID-19

WHEELING — Kathleen Dieffenbaugher will jokingly refer to herself, her husband and her three children as “The First Family of COVID” in Ohio County. She appreciates that she can have a sense of humor about it now. It wasn’t always all laughs last March when they literally lived up to ...

West Virginia Ditching Color-Coded School Map

CHARLESTON — With nearly three months left in the school year, Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday the color-coded map used to determine whether to close schools for in-person learning is going away. “We’re going to stop using our color-code system for high schools in West Virginia,” ...

West Virginia School COVID Map Going Away

CHARLESTON – With nearly three months left in the school year, Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that the color-coded map used to determine whether to close schools for in-person learning is going away. “We’re going to stop using our color-code system for high schools in West ...

West Virginia Opens COVID-19 Vaccinations to Anyone 16 or Older

CHARLESTON — As active cases begin increasing again in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that all residents ages 16 and older can now get in line for a COVID-19 vaccine, though focus remains on older residents. “Let’s go, West Virginia, and let’s get everybody in this ...

Democratic Lawmakers in West Virginia Speak Out After COVID-19 Infection

CHARLESTON — Democratic leaders of the West Virginia Legislature expressed their frustrations Monday after the revelation that a Republican committee chairman and member of the House of Delegates has COVID-19. Senate Minority Leader Stephen Baldwin, D-Greenbrier, and House Minority Leader ...

W.Va. COVID Vaccinations Now Available to Everyone Ages 16 and Older

CHARLESTON – As active cases begin to increase again in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that all residents age 16 and older can now get in line for a COVID-19 vaccine, though focus remains on older residents. “Let’s go, West Virginia, and let’s get everybody in this ...

Report: Slow and Steady a Wise COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy

Despite the clamor to speed up the U.S. vaccination drive against COVID-19 and get the country back to normal, the first three months of the rollout suggest faster is not necessarily better. A surprising new analysis found that states such as South Carolina, Florida and Missouri that raced ...

CARES Act Funds Finished for Wheeling

WHEELING — West Virginia’s monthly allocations of municipal reimbursements through federal CARES Act funding have come to an end. Yet millions more in direct federal funding through the American Rescue Plan is expected to be on the way soon. Since the beginning of the pandemic one year ...

Raleigh County Delegate Steele Tests Positive for COVID-19

CHARLESTON (AP) — A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates has contracted the coronavirus and is under quarantine, a House leader said. Raleigh County Republican Brandon Steele tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, House Majority leader Amy Summers said in a statement. Steele ...

Fallout From Riot, Virus Leaves Toxic Mood in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mood is so bad at the U.S. Capitol that a Democratic congressman recently let an elevator pass him by rather than ride with Republican colleagues who voted against certifying Joe Biden’s election. Republicans say it’s Democrats who just need to get over it — move ...

A COVID Doctor’s Journey: Aulick Looks Back at a Year of the Pandemic

GLEN DALE — Sometime in late February, Dr. Neal Aulick walked through the emergency room without gloves — for the first time since March 2020. And, lately — on the still-rare occasions in which a parent is willing to brave COVID-19 in order to get emergency care for a very sick child — ...